- Truth and Reconciliation
- Start by Asking Yourself.....
When anyone begins their journey to Reconciliation, it is important to understand where you are and where you are going.... and WHY? Why are you learning about this in ELA? Why is it important? Why does it matter to our generation? Your whys are going to become more before you begin to find answers. And some of your questions will never fully be answered. What is important is that you come to this with an open heart and an open mind. Read through the 5 questions and document your answers on a piece of paper. There is no right or wrong answer. These questions are to assist in understanding where you are and where you are going on your journey to Reconciliation.
- History of Residential Schools
You will have a few class periods to walk through the mini museum, watch videos related to the History of Residential Schools, and take time to complete the S,T,W Handout (See, Think, Wonder statements), jot down key words and ideas from the text that you studied, and Make Connections to text. Use the handouts provided and have them accessible to you as you discover a part of Canadian history and the background information necessary to better comprehend how Residential Schools are a major part of our history.
- Journal Entry
Now that you have taken the time to go through the various text to have a baseline knowledge of Residential Schools and how they are a major part of Canadian History, you will now submit on online journal entry to your teacher explaining the following:
1) What did you already know about Residential Schools?
2) What did you learn about Residential Schools?
3) What information, knowledge, and or understanding do you feel you still need in order to fully grasp the magnitude of Residential Schools on Canada's history and future?
- Elder Jenny
Elder Jenny spoke on many topics related to FNMI cultures. In a 140 character maximum tweet, tweet one "take away" from your meeting with her. What is one lesson that you learned from her talk?
- History of the Indian Act
You will be working through first link as a group of 4, as the information can become overwhelming at times. It is important that each student completes the "Monitoring Reading" handout, as you will want to have access to the information collected in the future.
Because you are working in a group, each person will have a designated role. Please designate one person for each of the roles provided below:
Role #1: Dictionary Detective - Your role is to look up any vocabulary words that your group does not know
Role #2 and #3: Link Lookers (need 2 people for this role) - Your role is to click onto any highlighted words in the article on your device and provide the information to the group by either reading it, giving a brief summary, or showing them what it says on your device.
Role #4: Reigning Reader - Your role is to read the information on the web link to your group. Ensure that you stop where needed for people and yourself to document decided important information onto the handout.
- 21 Things That You May Not Have Known About the Indian ActYou should now have a basic understanding of the Indian Act. Take some time to go through the link titled "21 Things That You May Not Have Known About the Indian Act" for some more clarity with some of the aspects of the Act. Once you have gone through the web link, complete the Forum Task.
- Who Was Gord Downie?
Many students may not know who Gord Downie was, but it was because of his fame as lead singer of the Canadian band "Tragically Hip" that assisted in getting the message of Reconciliation to those who may not be familiar with the movement. Out of all that he could have done in his last years on Earth, this became the most important to him.
Gord Downie spent his last months on earth battling for First Nations social justice—and the Assembly of First Nations chiefs gave him the name Man Who Walks Among The Stars. "He walks among them now."
- Secret Path
Please watch in its entirety the background information, the personal connection for Gord Downie (lead singer of Tragically Hip), the family's grief and despair, the conception and final outcome of "Secret Path": Chanie (Charlie) Wenjack's story of trying to get home after escaping a residential school.
- "Secret Path" Poetry Study
- Gord Downie Calls out to Prime Minister Trudeau
- Residential School Personal Stories
Choose three links from below and take the time to listen to personal stories of Residential School Survivors.
- The Impact of Residential Schools on Aboriginal Healthcare
The many impacts of Residential Schools on Aboriginal Healthcare. You can use one or both of the TED Talk handouts to jot down notes while viewing.
- Effects of Assimilation on Today's Generation
- Where Would You Be?
Throughout the Truth and Reconciliation process, there has to be understanding and sympathy shown for those who suffered both the first and second hand results of Residential Schools. If you have not experienced the effects of Assimilation, you will respond to Journal Entry Question #1. If you have experienced the effects of Assimilation, you will respond to Journal Entry Question #2.
- What is Truth and Reconciliation?
- Aboriginal Women: Resistance, Resilience, and RevitalizationPatti Doyle Bedwell speaks on Aboriginal Women: Resistance, Resilience, and Revitalization. You can use one or both of the TED Talk handouts to assist in your note taking while viewing the TED Talk.
- Truth and Reconciliation Multi-Media Presentation We have now learned the history behind Residential Schools, the impact it has had on their survivors and the younger generations, and the goal of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. As a group you are going to create and deliver a mulit-media presentation to voice both your understanding and suggestions for moving forward.